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From: Nettey
Date: 11-29-2004, 11:49 PM (1 of 4)
What is the easiest way to hem a full garment? I'm currently working with dress that has very full sleeves (they 'bell' out from the elbows down) and the fabric is very light weight so the hem is very small. I'm having trouble creating a neat hem all the way around. Any advise?
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-30-2004, 06:21 AM (2 of 4)
I think the most important thing is to press the hem first before stitching. Then you can hand or machine stitch whichever look you prefer.
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-30-2004, 08:41 AM (3 of 4)
If you have a rolled hem foot it would solve your problem. It folds the fabric as you stitch.

The other solution is slightly more time consuming. Stitch 1/4" away from raw edge around sleeve. Press up along stitching line. Trim fabric very close to stitching line. Turn up same amount again and hem.

Clear as mud I bet.
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From: Pudge99
Date: 11-30-2004, 09:41 AM (4 of 4)
If you have a serger, the rolled hem on that, with a decorative thread looks great on lightweight fabrics.
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